Our cabin at Sueno Celeste was the Toucan cabin. All of the cabins have name of animals rather than numbers. The signs pointing to each cabin, and even the tags on the key chains have a picture of that animal painted by Daniel, the proprietor. We stayed 2 nights here, and enjoyed our stay very much and would not hesitate to return.
The grounds are lovely, well-maintained, and FULL of lots of birds. There is a small pool that we did not use. It is obvious that this lodge is a work of love by Daniel and Dominique.
As you check in, Daniel gives you a book full of information about the town of Bijagua and activities in the area. You also are loaned a laminated detailed street map with the main businesses and important locations identified. He goes over it and tells about the most important, even letting you know if one has closed or a new one has opened since the map was published.
When you first enter your cabin, you get a sense of European class with a tropical touch. The bed has a mosquito net which is only there for decoration and quite attractive. There is hot water, good in the sink, but not really HOT for the shower. It is very comfortable temperature though and was fine for both of us.
Air conditioning is not needed here because of the elevation. There are a number of screened windows that provide good circulation as well as a screened main door. There is also a fan.
On the porch there is a small refrigerator, a table with chairs, and a hammock.
The only issue we had was with a little bowl of candies for guests placed in a bowl near the coffee pot (another nice thing). Some small ants had obviously found a hole in one of the packages and were enjoying the candy. We had placed a sack with food near this and the ants got into some of that food. We understand that this is tropics and insects are plentiful and very challenging to control in an environmentally sensitive way.
The breakfasts were AMAZING and included the best bread we ate in Costa Rica. It was hand-made by Dominique and we told her that she should sell it on the side. Also fruit jam which they made that was as good as any we've eaten anywhere.
It was served in an enclosed patio with large windows to see activities outside. There were hummingbird feeders that we abuzz with many different species. Also got a great picture of a Black-mandibled Toucan in direct sunlight. Got a really good picture.
While making reservations, I asked if they could arrange for a bilingual bird guide who knew the birds in the Bijagua area. Daniel connected us with Jorge Soto who was a sensational guide. I have a handicap that causes balance issues when walking, and among other places, Jorge took us to a farm where reforestation has been going on for many years on much of the property. There is also an adjacent wetland. This property has trails that are very well maintained, quite level, and easy for me to use. They are set up for night walks, so at the more challenging places, there are fences to keep hikers safe. It was perfect for me and we saw LOTS of birds.
Jorge's excellent bird guiding services are, to a large degree, what made our trip to Bijagua so enjoyable. His knowledge of the locals birds and where to see them was incredible. Saw many new species for us, and got photographs of others that were better than any we've taken before.
During that afternoon we decided to take the 1.5k trail in Tenorio Volcano NP to the waterfall on the Rio Celeste. It had rained quite a bit over the previous couple of days, so the trail was very muddy - deep mud in spots. My wife's walking stick snapped when we neared the ranger station and she fell and hurt her leg badly. A medical person who was onsite said that she thought that her leg was broken and that she should get an x-ray.
We returned to Sueno Celeste to get our insurance information before heading to the hospital in Upala. Upon arriving, she thought it was not broken and asked to wait a little while before going to the hospital. I asked our hosts about this and they gave us detailed directions for getting to the 24/7 hospital with an emergency room. They also offered their services by phone in the event that an English speaking doctor was not available when we went. Really gave us peace of mind.
They also gave us some ice, which helped a lot with the pain and swelling. Thankfully, it turned out my wife's leg was not broken.
Great place to stay with incredible hosts.
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